Sunday, 21 February 2010
Standing in a field by the River Stour yesterday we watched a Cormorant fly overhead. Cormorants have been steadily increasing over recent years throughout Essex. There are some 7500 breeding pairs in Britain. I have seen quite a few over the last few years on the Suffolk Coast (I mean at the bottom of the road I live in). The fishermen are worried, of course. They're not as nervous as the farmers around our way, though - the signs to try to petition against the reintroduction of Sea Eagles has started. Personally, I can't wait to see them.
Anyway, just before we saw the Cormorant we saw a Heron by the river too. Cormorants, Herons and last week or so, a Barn Owl - what a great ghostly trio. Some of our most mysterious birds.
There's something stirring out there in the countryside.